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Caroline A. Tsai

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‘Captain Marvel’ Is About a Woman. That’s Not the Point.

Idealizing "Captain Marvel" as an answer to a long-standing feminist question feels incorrect, but so does disparaging it as inconsequential.

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The Reinvention of Maggie Rogers in ‘Heard It In A Past Life’

“Heard It In A Past Life” is a testament to Maggie Rogers’ patient commitment to authenticity. And it is luminously, ridiculously, singularly good.

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‘You Know You Want This’ Offers Shock Value — But Not Much Else

Roupenian insists that we want this, we know we want this. But is it too much to ask for a little bit more?

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Surprises and Snubs: An Overview of the 2019 Oscar Nominations

It’s a genuine toss-up as to which film will take home the award for Best Picture this year, with no apparent frontrunner.

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'Bird Box' is the 'Quiet Place' Knock-Off You Can't Unsee

Being a genre movie is a forgivable transgression if done well. Yet it’s quickly clear that "Bird Box" can’t even sketch the contours of its own worldbuilding.

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Representation Isn’t Enough: Hollywood’s Diversity Problem on Display at the Golden Globes

The Time’s Up movement's ribbon bracelets felt inadvertently symbolic: Even the most energized movements, if they lose momentum, can become accessory.

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Top 5 Celebrity Crushes as Arts Production Nights

Incoming Arts Co-Chair and famous people enthusiast Caroline A. Tsai '20 breaks down her top celeb crushes and roasts her predecessors along the way.

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‘thank u, next’ is a Brutally Kind Diss Track

Grande puts a new spin on that tradition by lifting the veil and dropping names. She doesn’t want to be excluded from that narrative. She wants to write it herself.

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In ‘First Man,’ Triumph for White Male Dreams

When you only care about the First Man, it seems, there’s no room for anyone else.

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Unpopular Opinion: Saturday Night Live, Kavanaugh, and Who Gets to Laugh

A joke has power. It matters who’s in on it, and who’s outside of it.

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The Start of Something New

There are few films that can unite a generation as ubiquitously as “High School Musical.”

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In ‘The Incendiaries,’ Radical Religion and Romance Collide

At 210 pages, “The Incendiaries” is a compact novel, but Kwon packs it with sublime detail and fully fleshed-out characters, whose richly imagined inner lives lend their intricate story a haunted depth.

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'Support the Girls' a Big-Hearted Dramedy

A tacky breastaurant becomes the unlikely site of solidarity and sisterhood.

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‘Providence’ Destined for Mediocrity

Kepnes’s novel, which is inspired by and often directly alludes to “The Dunwich Horror,” comes as an ersatz replication of Lovecraft’s delicately wrought horror fiction.

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'Ocean's 8' Steals the Jewels—But Not the Show

"Ocean's 8" is a 3D-printed zirconium model of what it could have been: Exciting, but just not the real thing.